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#1 backwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted November 27, 2013 - 08:34 AM

one of my friends posted this on fb this morning i thought some of ya might wana see how the plows trucks used to look

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Posted November 27, 2013 - 08:50 AM

Great video! Thanks for sharing it!


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Posted November 27, 2013 - 08:59 AM

its amazing how far technology has came since the 30's


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Posted November 27, 2013 - 09:34 AM

That's a great video!  Thanks for posting it.  You know what I find amazing?  Here we are living in an age where just about everyone has a 4wd vehicle, we don't get snow like that on the roads anymore and still people can't get around.  When I worked outside the home we had people in the office who bought 4wd's and still called off work when it snowed.  Look at what the folks in the video are going through just to get down the road.  We've become such wimps!


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Posted November 27, 2013 - 09:37 AM

If they had been doing it right it would not have been so difficult. You should never let the snow get that far ahead!  We plowed every 4" to 6" of snow. Plow routes were no more than 3 hours long.

The handcrank lift was used by some then but, hydraulic and vacuum were getting popular. I saw a vacuum unit used as late as the mid 80s. Easy to tell a vacuum unit, the cylinders were 12" to 24" in diameter. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted November 27, 2013 - 09:44 AM

Great film. It is neat to see how things were done years ago. None of the plowing with the storm like now a days. They just waited till it was over and then started. It looked like about half the town was out to watch and help. Just think of the howl that would be if they waited until the storm was over to start plowing now a days. It seems like once it starts snowing, everybody thinks of a reason to go away quick.


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Posted November 27, 2013 - 10:32 AM

Lots have changed behind the motive to 'get around' during snows as well.  Commerce seems to trump safety...where folks could wait it out before, they no longer can becuase time is money.  For the office folk, they don't need to drive to conduct business, as they used to.  WIth internet, email, smartphones, etc, there's no need to risk life and limb to drive to the office when the roads stink.  Nothin like working in your PJ's.


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Posted November 27, 2013 - 01:28 PM

I would bet that there is still some of those type of vehicles still being used today.

 

 

Dick


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Posted November 27, 2013 - 03:10 PM

We kept the roads open primarily for fire trucks and ambulances. It is a lot safer for the drivers and easier on the trucks to keep up with the snow fall. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted November 30, 2013 - 06:43 AM

Those look fantastic! I'm always impressed with your repurposing skills. Keep it up backwoods!


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